Detroit Zoo




For a unique and memorable wedding ceremony and reception to share with your closest family and friends, look no further than the Detroit Zoo. With many different and exciting space options offering a stunning and elegant environment for your special day, the Detroit Zoo has everything you need for the wedding of your dreams. Imagine an evening wedding ceremony in which your guests will witness you say your “I Dos” in front of the beautiful Rackham Fountain with its two bronze bears standing 10 feet tall in the center of the formal pool. This space is elegant and romantic and will make for beautiful wedding photos. The Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, the oldest building in the Zoo, is another lovely option for your celebration. The 1928 glass-domed bird house has been renovated to fit in the most outstanding feature of the Gallery, the lush, tropical Butterfly Garden—an unforgettable place for your ceremony. The Nunavut Gallery and Exploration Station provide breathtaking underwater views of polar bears and seals. You can have your dinner or cocktail reception winding through a 300,000-gallon chilled marine environment. Regardless of which space you choose for your celebration, the Detroit Zoo is a romantic, welcoming space for your unforgettable wedding celebration.

Venue Style

Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Ballrooms


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 200 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 300 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 5:00PM. Events must end by 12:30AM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $1,000 to $3,000 for a reception and includes 4 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. The fee for a ceremony is $1,000. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $500/hr.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Detroit Zoo is estimated at between $9,625 and $20,924 for a reception only for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Dance floor
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
Full kitchen facilities
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

All food and beverage handled by venue
Food & beverage minimum
Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by 12:30AM